A Book By Its Cover v.1

Despite the warning of that age-old saying, I admit that I most regularly gravitate to books with beautiful cover art - I can't help it! Of course, what lies in between those two covers is the most important bit, but a gorgeous exterior is often the initial draw for me (although not always, considering that this book is a favourite), that leads me to then pick up said book and then consider it less superficially.
For that reason, I thought I'd start to share, now and then, some of those books that catch my eye for reasons of their outer beauty, but that have also made it onto my ever-growing to-read list. 
First - The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton.  This book has been getting so much hype from book-lovers all over, and I was not immune. It sounds like fascinating if eerie tale of an arranged marriage, family secrets, and a set of life-mirroring miniatures - I can't wait to read it.
Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants was an absolutely beautiful read and I was so thrilled to see a new offering from her, especially when the cover design so simple yet lovely. Very much looking forward to getting my hands on At the Water's Edge.
I really don't know too much about Nova Ren Suma, but when I saw this cover for the novel The Walls Around Us crop up in the Book Riot email newsletter I subscribe to, it immediately caught my eye.  When I saw in the description that it is about two teen girls - one alive, one dead, and two intense environments - ballet and prison, I was even more intrigued. It sounds (in addition to looking) seriously fantastic.
I just picked up The Coldest Girl in Cold Town (also a gorgeous cover) by Holly Black and when I saw Regan from Peruse Project talk about The Darkest Part of the Forest I was blown away by the cover, and subsequently by the description of magic and fae and heroes and general awesomeness. 
Hausfrau by Jill Alexaner Nussbaum is set in Zurich, in my beloved Switzerland, so how could I not pick it up? The stunning floral cover is so great too, it's a winning combination for me, no matter what.
Last but not least, a book I heard spoken about on the Relevant Podcast (If you don't listen, you should!) when the author, Peter Rollins was interviewed. Unlike the others, The Divine Magician isn't fiction, it's about religion, faith and spirituality and it sounded so interesting, I already planned to read it based solely on what I'd heard. That said, even if I'd known nothing about it and saw the wonderfully colourful cover art, I still would have been liable to pick it up.
What are you reading lately? Are you as likely to be wooed by a beautiful book cover as I am? Hoping I'm not the only one... Let me know!
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Ellen said...

So many great looking books. That cover for The Miniaturist is beautiful.

Rebecca R said...

Isn't it? I think it's the UK cover, because I haven't been able to find it here.

Cee said...

I know you aren't supposed to, but I have always chosen my books by their covers - I think that anything that is worth reading is worth working hard to create a beautiful cover for, and therefore books with beautiful covers must be worth reading :)

Rebecca R said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who is so greatly influenced by beautiful book covers! :)

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